HWGA: Eating Less Meat Is World’s Best Chance For Timely Climate Change, Say Experts

Shifting the world’s reliance on fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is important, certainly. But the world’s best chance for achieving timely, disaster-averting climate change may actually be a vegetarian diet eating less meat, according to a recent report in World Watch Magazine.

(While I’d happily nudge the world toward a vegetarian diet, the report authors are more measured and simply suggest diets containing less meat.)

“The entire goal of today’s international climate objectives can be achieved by replacing just one-fourth of today’s least eco-friendly food products with better alternatives,” co-author Robert Goodland, a former World Bank Group environmental advisor wrote in an April 18 blog post on the report.

A widely cited 2006 report estimated that 18% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions were attributable to cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats, camels, pigs and poultry. However, analysis performed by Goodland, with co-writer Jeff Anhang, an environmental specialist at the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation, found that figure to now more accurately be 51%.

Consequently, state the pair, replacing livestock products with meat alternatives would “have far more rapid effects on greenhouse gas emissions and their atmospheric concentrations — and thus on the rate the climate is warming — than actions to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy.”

Michelle Maisto, Forbes

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3 responses to “HWGA: Eating Less Meat Is World’s Best Chance For Timely Climate Change, Say Experts

  1. Well at least it will weaken humanity making it more prone to diseases so in a sense that would indeed help since average life expectancy will drop to african levels.

  2. So I guess when the cattle, sheep and pigs are replaced by great numbers of elephants, antelope and the like it will be much better.

    These guys are nutjobs.

  3. Roland Mahoney

    Well, since I would prefer no climate change at all, I guess I’ll have to eat more meat.

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